Goals: Racking up an impressive day list – Valley specialties, anything, everything!

We have an outstanding group of talent this year to guide our field trips, and several new destinations including new pre-festival and post-festival trip destinations.

Also new this year is the Young Birders track plus a series of trips for mobility-challenged birders.

The islands were created from materials dredged during the construction of the Intracoastal Waterway and, under the protection of the National Audubon Society, are now invaluable habitat for nesting, feeding and roosting waders, shorebirds and larids.

Stephanie is the Conservation Biologist with the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, which has for many years studied and monitored the bird populations of these islands.

Targets: White-tipped Dove, Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Carolina Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Olive Sparrow.

This is a unique opportunity for a small group to view some of the spoil islands of the Laguna Madre Bay.Participants will divide into two groups upon arrival at the dock.Each group will spend half their time on the boat and half their time on land, birding Adolph Thomae County Park and other nearby land-based sites.The RGVBF has long been known for its low ratio of participants to guides and for the quality of its leaders.Check out the Trip Leaders section for a summary of this year’s guides.This is a great choice for Festival returnees or listers.